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Belarus is going to start industrial production of Russian vaccine in 2021; the Oxford English Dictionary named the word “Belarusian” among the main words of the year. Belarus, November 23, 2020

Belarus is going to start industrial production of Russian vaccine in 2021; the Oxford English Dictionary named the word “Belarusian” among the main words of the year. Belarus, November 23, 2020

The Russian vaccine against COVID-19 will be industrially produced in Belarus in 2021. Belarus still expects $61 million in compensation for the “dirty” Russian oil. One of the EPAM leaders was detained during a Sunday protest. Kazakhstan’s BTA Bank may sell its Ukrainian subsidiary to a Belarusian investor. “Belarusian” is one of the words of the year according to the Oxford English Dictionary.

Industrial production of the Russian vaccine starts in Belarus in 2021

The agreements of the Belarusian and Russian presidents on the production of the Russian vaccine in Belarus will be implemented by the end of the year. This was confirmed by the Minister of Health of Belarus Dmitry Pinevich.

The “pilot” batch of the Russian vaccine Sputnik V can be produced in Belarus under laboratory conditions by the end of the year. Industrial production is scheduled for 2021.

According to Pinevich, Belarusian enterprises will be able to launch vaccine production quickly, resources for this have already been reserved.

The Sputnik V vaccine, developed in Russia, is currently undergoing the third stage of clinical trials in Belarus. These clinical trials are funded by the Russian Direct Investment Fund.

The Ministry of Health has already announced that at the initial stage it will purchase 100 thousand doses of the Russian vaccine and in the future intends to vaccinate 2 million people inside the country.

In August, Lukashenko announced that Minsk plans to try vaccination with various vaccines developed by other countries. He proposed to Putin to master the production of a Russian vaccine in Belarus based on components from the Russian Federation. The Russian president agreed.

Russia and Belarus have not yet come to a consensus on compensation for the “dirty oil” that entered the Druzhba pipeline in April 2019

Having acknowledged responsibility for the shipment of 1.2 million tons of contaminated oil via the Druzhba pipeline in 2019, Russia has already compensated for the losses to companies from Kazakhstan, French Total and Hungarian MOL. However, the issue of payments to Belarus is still not resolved.

According to the calculations of the Belneftekhim concern, the amount of compensation should be about $61 million, which corresponds to $15 per barrel, the maximum level of compensation promised by the Russian Transneft. However, this money has not yet arrived in Belarus due to disagreements between the parties regarding oil and gas supplies.

In July 2019, Transneft approved the maximum amount of payments to shippers due to oil contamination in the Druzhba pipeline at $15 per barrel of dirty oil. Shippers were required to document the losses incurred. In February 2020, the deputy chairman of Belneftekhim, Vladimir Sizov, said that Moscow and Minsk had signed a compensation protocol, which dealt with the amount of payments of $15 per barrel.

It was also reported that Transneft agreed on the amount of compensation to the Mozyr Oil Refinery for the supply of “dirty” oil.

The chairman of Belneftekhim, Andrei Rybakov, stated that after the completion of cleaning the Druzhba pipeline from oil contaminated by organochlorine, the losses of Belarus in the amount of 1.2 million tons of contaminated oil were compensated.

One of the EPAM executives arrested on Sunday

Igor Ovsyanik, one of the leaders of EPAM, a resident of the High Technologies Park, ended up in a temporary detention center on Okrestin Street, where protesters are being held. His name was found on the list of detainees on November 22, published by the unregistered human rights center Viasna.

The information about the arrest of the EPAM employee was confirmed by his wife. She doesn’t know if the detention is related to his participation in the Sunday protest.

Igor Ovsyanik is Senior Director, Special Projects at EPAM Systems. He has been working at the company for over 21 years, managed the Belarusian office and managed personnel in some foreign offices. Recently, he has been integrating new divisions, managing projects in Vietnam, India, China, Mexico, the Netherlands.

Senior Vice President of EPAM Maxim Bogretsov became a member of the Coordination Council, created by ex-presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya to overcome the political crisis after the presidential election.

BTA Bank may sell its Ukrainian subsidiary to a Belarusian investor

The Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine has granted permission to a Belarusian citizen to acquire shares in the Ukrainian BTA BANK JSC (Kiev).

The purchase of shares in the Ukrainian BTA Bank will provide the Belarusian shareholder with more than 50% of the votes in the bank’s supreme governing body.

The Ukrainian BTA Bank was founded in 1992. Its main shareholders are Nurzhan Subkhanberdin and Kenes Rakishev (co-owners of Kazakhstan’s BTA Bank), each holding 41.974% of shares, as well as Andrey Levkovsky (9.9996%).

The eponymous BTA Bank also operates in Belarus. In 2008, the largest bank in Kazakhstan, BTA Bank, increased its share in the authorized capital of the Belarusian BTA Bank from 48.94 to 99.29%.

“Belarusian” is one of the words of the year according to the Oxford English Dictionary

The Oxford English Dictionary was unable to pick one main word for 2020. This year, the experts stated the phenomenal breadth of language changes. The English language had to adapt repeatedly to the events that took place, so the campaign for choosing the word of the year is different from previous ones.

As a result of language monitoring, Oxford English Dictionary lexicographers analyzed the topics that were in the spotlight in 2020, political and economic volatility, social activity, the introduction of new technologies and behavior patterns, etc.

The experts named several main words of this year. It is noteworthy that they included the word “Belarusian” associated with the controversial presidential elections and the subsequent protests in Belarus.

Words of 2020 also include coronavirus, COVID-19, lockdown, social distancing and reopening. “Bushfire” is also on the list in connection with the fires in Australia earlier in the year, and “impeachment” in connection with the attempted ouster of US President Donald Trump by the US Congress.

In 2019, the Oxford English Dictionary named “climate emergency” the word of the year.


In this section you will find information about Belarus. Professional journalists from the independent non-state publication officelife.media (location - Minsk) tell about what is really happening in Belarus. No political accents or ideological attitudes. Only the most important facts so that you understand the essence of what is happening in this corner of Europe.